Is It Hot In Here?, by Zach Zimmerman, is a brilliant collection of essays with an autobiographical slant. Zimmerman, a gay stand-up comedian from the South, approaches each subject or story with a brand of trauma humor of someone heavily disillusioned with conservative “Christian” values. Incisive and with a stunning eye for a turn of phrase, he finds the ideal moment or line of dialogue to turn into a callback, forging each essay, and the book itself, into a perfect punchline. Unafraid to delve into heavier subjects as well, Is It Hot In Here? is a wonderfully rounded collection and a bold statement from a strong comedic voice.— Simeon
—NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour
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"Like many others, Zimmerman’s journey of coming out and coming into his own was full of family turmoil and internal conflict. But the comedian — a former conservative and Southern Baptist — infuses hilarity into (nearly) every moment. Whether or not you share a similar background with Zimmerman, the antics and perspectives in this essay collection will leave you laughing."
"New York-based comedian Zach Zimmerman takes a comical route of making peace with his past and seeking hope for the future in this collection of essays, advice, and musings."
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“A charming, funny, resoundingly queer collection of bite-sized stories that go down smooth. It’s a perfect summer read. You will fall in love with Zach.”
— Guy Branum, author of My Life as a Goddess: A Memoir Through (Un)Popular Culture
“I simply must share that it IS hot in here baby!!! Zach speaks to the soul like a friend’s shaky whisper in the middle of mass— maybe you’re not supposed to laugh, but that just makes it funnier.”
“Zach Zimmerman is one of the funniest, most nimble young comics working today and this book more than delivers on the enormous promise of Zach’s talent. Insightful, wise, and laugh-out-loud hilarious, Is It Hot In Here has no right being as good as it is. I loved this book.”
— R. Eric Thomas, national bestselling author of Here for It, or How to Save Your Soul in America
"Cheeky...poignant...Zimmerman’s good humor makes this slice of modern life a charmer.”
“Funny, provocative, touching, honest, and original. We're all already in Hell but I'm so glad Zach is here with us. Zach writes as easily about the Olive Garden extended menu as he does about heartbreak and religion. I felt so seen and I laughed so hard.”
—Blythe Roberson, author of How to Date Men When You Hate Men
"Zach's book is just like Zach: sharp, funny, generous, surprisingly insightful (no offense), and I kind of have a crush on it.”
— Karen Chee, writer Late Night with Seth Meyers
“Zach Zimmerman has written a warmly engaging memoir in the guise of stand-up comedy: a bittersweet sort of humor, droll and self-aware, painfully yet funnily candid, a voice of disarming frankness and intimacy.”
— Joyce Carol Oates
“A deeply satisfying blend of humor and heart. The pitch-perfect satire pieces are an ideal companion to the essays. This is the type of book you'll want to share with all your friends."
—Ginny Hogan, author of I’m More Dateable than a Plate of Refried Beans